Blood Orange Tequila Old Fashioned

tequila old fashionedCinco De Mayo is an excellent excuse for a Mexican-inspired cocktail, if you need such a thing, with tequila being the signature spirit of Mexico. However, if you’re not drinking tequila as a shot, your options are shamefully limited. Yes, there are margarita varieties galore and the famous Paloma (or “Cazadores y Squirt” as my Latino friends call it) but, the Tequila Old Fashioned blends the celebratory nature of tequila with the time-honored technique of the classic Old Fashioned.


Blood Orange Tequila Old Fashioned

The oaky tones of the tequila reposado pay homage to the classic whiskey Old Fashioned without being too heavy. Also,  I found Old Fashioned preparation removes much of the burn I’ve experienced with even super-premium tequila.

blood orange tequila old fashioned

This recipe is an excellent variation on a classic that delivers tons of flavor without much of the burn. You must try it.

Adapted from Saveur magazine.



1 tsp. agave nectar
2 1/2 inch thick rounds of blood orange cut into quarters, plus peel for garnish
3 oz. of tequila reposado
1-2 dashes bitters


Muddle agave and orange slices in a cocktail shaker; add tequila and ice. Stir until well chilled and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Add bitters and garnish with orange peel.

blood orange tequila old fashioned

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